Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands-On

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands-On

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

It really makes a lot of sense for there to be a real diver's watch in the Titanic DNA collection from Romain Jerome. I mean the whole idea of the collection is to commemorate something that is deep underwater. Well, the Titanic DNA diver is here with the RJ Octopus. The Octopus name is actually part of the "octo" theme which involves the number 8. There are special 8 sided screws in parts of the case, it is water resistant to 888 feet, and it will be part of a limited edition of 888 pieces in a few varieties.

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

The Titanic DNA Octopus is a pretty neat watch. It builds on the Titanic DNA core collection as well as some of the newer RJ Steampunk models. Please note that the model you see here is still a pre-production prototype. A lot of little things will change. Especially the bezel which here hasn't been fully oxidized to achieve the proper look and color. The watch case is 46mm wide with the case claws and "X" moving through the dial. The base dial is unique on each piece as it is individually hand brushed and meant to look a bit worn. There are large blue SuperLumiNova lumed hour markers, as well as indicators on the reverse side of the sapphire crystal. I also like the iconic brand hands now with lumed tips that are easy to see.

As you can see the case is available in steel or PVD coated steel. There is also a version with 18k rose gold accents. Each has a distinct personality to it, and I think the overall collection is certainly a unique and fitting Titanic DNA diver. I just wished it was not still in the prototype phase.

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

The Octopus has a unique feature that I believe is a world's first. Turning the bezel actually turns the sapphire crystal as well - and this is how you operate the rotating diver's bezel (as the indicators on the sapphire crystal itself. I thought that was pretty cool. RJ didn't want me showing you the back of the watch yet as it is not complete, but there will be a very richly engraved octopus that is hovering over the RJ logo. It will be a really cool design for the Octopus theme. Attached to the watch is a high-grade rubber strap which on the underside has an octopus tentacle-like design with "suction cups." Nice little touch right there, and on par with the attention to detail RJ watches tend to focus on.

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus Dive Watch Hands On   hands on

With a release scheduled for probably the summer or fall, the Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Octopus is a nice first dive watch for the brand. Like all RJ watches the limited edition will be only 888 pieces. If it is successful I anticipate other possible variants to come later. The watch will come in a diving helmet style watch box that completes the presentation. The box should me a good addition to your aquarium as a home for your real-life pet Octopus.

18 comments
PM
PM

BRAVO Simon!..thats the best thing youve said..lol! As an AD for RJ, it took me a year to realize that this in not about a watch, it is about history. Being in the luxury watch industry for over 30 yrs, I have seen many brands offer different models. I for one give a lot of credit to Yvan Arpa for venturing into uncharted waters with his designs, and to Manuel Emch and RJ for continuing their truly interesting journey. Just to stablize rust had to be hard enough. To this day we have people that cant look beyond the Titanic-DNA timepieces being a morbid watch..but it wasnt us who sank this impressive luxury liner, it was history and fate,(if you believe in fate). With all due respect to everyones taste for different watches, you have to admit they have succeeded in producing something very different and functional...it is a functional watch. Thanks!

simon
simon

Ok i will try to respond to this but please bare with me.
1,I like a watch to be functional to it's given class ie divers or tacho
2,I like a watch to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye
3,I have nothing against tag lines
4,I don't like the numbers on the glass or the cross member in the dial
5,For a lot of money i would expect a watch to look highly engineered
all in all i just don't like the look of this watch.On another point whether you can afford this watch or whether or not you are into collecting watches is neither here nor there.
Many people have said they love this watch without a given reason and good for them
each to his own and i don't see anyone being called narrow minded or ignorant or
destitute for liking this watch .If i have offended anyone by not liking this watch or
by not being wealthy enough to afford this sorry .In future if i see a watch i don't like i
will try to back it up with a reason .

PM
PM

Manuel Emch and Romain Jerome have gone through very difficult processes to present very unique timepieces and they have succeeded!! For the watch collectors that are searching for a really unique watch with history..this is it. For those who are not versed in collecting watches,or have a very narrow mind due to ignorance or lack of funds to appreciate something different, find another place to voice your opinions. If you have nothing constructive to add....dont say anything!

simon
simon

How much would this go for,would it be classed as a up market fashion watch .

Ulysses
Ulysses

Don't forget to pre-order your very own 9/11 watch, made from melted girders of the WTC. Hmm, let's see. It's an ugly watch and looks decayed. The four protrusions don't look particularly comfortable and may even damage whatever dive suit you're wearing, but if you're insane enough to wear this during a potentially dangerous dive then you deserve to have a mishap. The suckers on the strap are a nice touch, I suppose. As Dean says, this isn't a dive watch - more of a joke on the part of the manufacturer to see if anyone would actually pay to own this thing.

kris c
kris c

I'm nothing by the way of a bleeding heart, but this Titanic stuff is really cheapening what was a tragedy for 1000's of people and families, regardless of how much the watch costs.
Regardless, this one is just as ridiculous as the rest of the RJ offerings - this is a brand that just does not speak to me.

Really, RJ just needs to team up with Van Ree and go for broke - let's see "the King Tut DNA watch" or "the Princess Diana DNA watch", or "the Jimmy Hoffa DNA watch" (he's under Giant's stadium, for reference). Enough pussyfooting around with "DNA" from shipwrecks or heavenly bodies or volcanos - man up and go get some real DNA.

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

the diving helmet looks virtually identical to the ones Deep Blue is giving away; Isn't that the Deep Blue logo on the dive mask?
It is cool tho, that said, anything that I have to dust; is just waste and excess.

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

That is NOT a true "Dive" watch.
Period.
There must be a chapter ring and bezel both marked in one minute indices; with the latter having at least the last 15 minutes marked in one minute indices. The bezel must lock or be uni-directional. There must also be an indicator showing the top of the bezel and watch.
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Wearing a piece of the Titanic is morbid and unethical.
There's a word that's used in the art world for artificially aged products to fake the appearance of age; Fraud.

IS3515
IS3515

It funny but I like Romain Jerome designs and especially this one. The brushed dial is a nice touch and the octopus suckers on the band is one more detail that keeps the concept. RJ continues to design some unique watches. But, is this more fashion/art than Horology?

Mako
Mako

Nice review of a Butt Ugly watch. Should be a limited edition of 666.I find it difficult to believe there are consumers who find any RJ watches "neat" and imho all the Titanic DNA creations are just sad reminders of a terrible tragedy the company decided to bank on.
Perhaps, they should design a 9/11 dna watch using a pice of a girder they were able to procure somehow?

The diving helmet is nice.

admin
admin

I agree. I invite all comments, but urge people to back up negative statements with objective commentary that adds to the discussion and offers people something to respond with. If you don't like something or think it is ugly, take the time to explain why. It helps the many many people who read comments better understand your mindset.

Crispin
Crispin

North of $12000 is my guess, Simon. (Based off of quoted prices from "Wristwatch Annual" catalogue). Fashion for the very well-heeled. No-one will recall RJ in a decade.

admin
admin

I think you are missing the point of the brand a bit. The watches more celebrate these event rather than exploit them. They have a totally different perception in Europe.

simon
simon

i have been trying hard to like this but i cannot ,no matter the build quality or hook or swiss movement it's still pig ugly .

kris c
kris c

Well, the moon, and that volcano are not events. The sinking of the Titanic was an event, and maybe it's something to celebrate elsewhere. I don;t shed any tears, nor do I celebrate the sinking of the ship and the loss of lives, but I'm not missing any point - there is no good reason for disturbing the wreck in any way, and putting pieces of it on a watch, ring, hood ornament, or whatever is cheesy.

To each thier own, and I guess I'm too ignorant or stupid to appreciate these watches, because I don't get them; they come off as neither fashionable or all that functional, and find them to be little more than failed attempts.

kris c
kris c

Get down off the ledge Dean. The "aged" bezel is actually pretty cool, and getting your panties in a bunch over it being "fake" is pretty uneducated.
When copper is tossed into gold to make it "rose", is thet "fake" gold? No, it;s a process to enhance the look of that particular metal. This is the same idea, only different: a special process to turn X into Y.

My dislike is based on the overall appearance and "schtick" of the brand.

admin
admin

If you don't like the look, no problem. But to go off on the faked age. It is a complex process done for aesthetics, and is not simple to do. It is an iconic look of RJ.

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

They're morbid, they should be illegal; a grave is a grave is a grave and disturbing one, for fashion and for profit is utterly unforgivable and morally reprehensible.
The best [worst] part is that they FAKE the age. That is dishonest; it IS Fraud.

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